Inner West Council

Your Say, Your Future

Council put forward four options to the community as part of a 'Your Say, Your Future' to find out what the community thought of a Special Rate Variation . There was general support in the community for Council to proceed with an application for a Special Rate Variation with ratepayers clearly indicating that they want to see infrastructure improvements in the local area.

Following consultation with the community, Ashfield Councillors determined that in order to best maintain services and Council’s ageing infrastructure and meet the demands of the future it would apply to IPART for Special Rate Variation.

This would enable Council to renew existing assets and to carry out essential works to the Ashfield Aquatic Centre, a key focus area identified in the Community Strategic Plan, Ashfield 2023.

Ashfield Council applied for a special rate variation (Option 3) to be phased in over four years as follows:

Year 1 - 2015/16 - 7.5% increase (inclusive of 2.4% statewide increase)
Year 2 - 2016/17 - 8.2% increase (inclusive of estimated 3% statewide increase)
Year 3 - 2017/18 - 8.9% increase (inclusive of estimated 3% statewide increase)
Year 4 - 2018/19 - 9.3% increase (inclusive of estimated 3% statewide increase)

This represents a cumulative rate impact of 38.45%.

The additional income will:

  • fund loan repayments to undertake a $14 million redevelopment of the Ashfield Aquatic Centre, which will include an additional new 25 metre indoor pool, a new outdoor 50 metre pool, a new competition standard water-polo pool and a new grassed passive recreation area
  • provide an additional $2.7 million per year for the renewal of other infrastructure assets.

Over the next 10 years, this $2.7 million will be spent in the following categories:

  • $1 million for community buildings
  • $1.1 million for roads and footpaths
  • $500k for parks
  • $100k for drainage.

What were the options?

The following four options were put to residents. Council resolved to apply to IPART for Option 3.

Click here to download a copy of the brochure sent to residents in English

Click here to download a copy of the brochure sent to residents in Chinese

Click here to download a copy fo the brochure sent to residents in Italian

Impact on Rates for Residents

The table below shows the average annual increase in residential rates.

The following options were put to business. Council resolved to apply to IPART for Option 3.

Impact on Rates for Business

The table below shows the average annual increase in business rates.